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Published on March 28th, 2017 | by adventuremag

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Firmin Lodge – What’s your adventure?

Thrill seeker or something a little more sedate? Team sport or individual pursuit? Art or craft? Corporate challenge or team building? Or perhaps simply a desire to get away and see something new?

Whatever it may be, New Zealand’s youngest town has just opened what is possibly the country’s newest lodge – and it awaits you and your adventure.

Nestled at the foot of Putauaki, adjacent to the Tarawera River and sitting alongside a large reserve ideal for all sorts of sporting activities, The Adventure Hub – Firmin Lodge – is Kawerau’s latest jewel in a glistening crown.

Once a rugby club room, the lodge has gone through significant refurbishment at the hands of the Kawerau District Council who refused to let amalgamation leave a building to become derelict.

Firmin Lodge sleeps 60 people in ten dormitories, has tables and chairs to accommodate 130 diners, boasts an industrial kitchen complete with every modern convenience available, has male and female ablutions with four gas heated showers in each, and a disability access toilet and shower.

Pack away the tables and chairs and you have an ideal area for a workshop or a day space for any type of get-together.

Outside there are 12 external motor home points, a motor home dump station, lockable shipping containers for storage and ample car parks.

The Tarawera River is fast making a name for itself as one of the country’s premier whitewater sport venues and Kawerau is the only town in New Zealand to have a natural whitewater slalom course right on its doorstep.

Entry onto the course is a mere minute’s walk from Firmin Lodge.

The volcanic cone of Putauaki is a stellar test of mettle for any walker/runner but the reward of a view from the top is immeasurable.

A little less strenuous but stunning in its natural simplicity, is a tramp to the spectacular Tarawera Falls – a 35 metre waterfall, and then on to the Tarawera outlet. There is something magical about this place that will make you return time and time again.

Not far away is the Onepu Mountain Bike Park. Created for all levels of riders, the terrain is flat to rolling, ensuring even the smallest adventurer can make it around the trails.

And after a day of adventuring, the free Maurie Kjar Swimming Complex with its two large heated pools and one large spa pool, provides an ideal pace to unwind.

Firmin Lodge waits patiently for you and your adventure, and will be a willing accomplice to help create some awesome memories. What are you waiting for?

For further information go to www.kaweraudc.govt.nz/AdventureHub or email Kawerau District Council events and venues manager Lee Barton at lee.barton@kaweraudc.govt.nz

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